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Gavin McEwen

CEO, Farmax

Gavin is from a Waikato dairy farming background, with a Bachelor of Horticulture from Lincoln University. He has 30 years’ experience in the agricultural sector, both owning and operating his own businesses through to managerial positions in LIC, Turners and Growers, and Farmax Ltd.

He was the co-founder of two technology start-ups in the early 2000s, creating one of the first cloud-based database systems marketed internationally and being recognised in the Deloitte Fast 50 and as one of the top 100 fastest-growing technology businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. From a pragmatic perspective, Gavin’s focus is on furthering the potential of New Zealand pastoral agriculture through adoption of information technology, believing that transparency and collaboration among the agricultural service industry is long overdue and is key to unlocking that potential.

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For a small country with only two degrees of separation and a primary industry that is an economic foundation of the country, yet very small on global scale, we continually reinvent wheels, waste shareholder and taxpayer dollars, and have failed to solve many technology problems that could provide New Zealand with a significant first mover advantage in increasingly demanding markets. What needs to happen to get this right?

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Gavin McEwen

Gavin's focus is on furthering the potential of New Zealand pastoral agriculture through adoption of information technology, believing that transparency and collaboration among the agricultural service industry is long overdue and is key to unlocking that potential.